By Business Reporter
LAST week proved an eventful one for Indongo Toyota, with two more dealerships in Otjiwarongo and Ongwediva officially opening under the Frans Indongo Group (FIG) umbrella.
With existing dealerships already opened in Walvis Bay, Windhoek and Okahandja, this brings the total number of Indongo Toyota branches in Namibia to five.
The first grand opening took place on Wednesday evening in Otjiwarongo. After acquiring this dealership in September 2016, the FIG performed extensive upgrades and renovations to the branch. Now, clients stand to benefit from a first-class showroom, workshop and parts outlet.
FIG founder, 81-year-old Dr Frans Aupa Indongo, who resides on a farm outside Otjiwarongo, was just one of the well-known faces to attend the dealership’s official opening.
His daughter, Maria Magdalena Indongo-Nepaya, delivered an address in both Oshiwambo and English, on her father’s behalf.
“It gives me particular pleasure to invest further in Otjiwarongo, the town that has become my home during the past two decades,” Indongo said.
“It is my deepest wish to demonstrate that it is possible to build and leave behind sustainable businesses that will, in the interest of the Namibian nation, last and prosper beyond the lives of individuals. It is my dream to prove that continuous wealth and employment can continue, and will not be destroyed, once the founder of successful businesses moves on.”
Otjozondjupa Regional Governor, the Otto Ipinge, said in his keynote address that for local economic growth to occur, businesses needed to expand.
“Tonight we are very delighted to witness the rolling out of the very popular national brand, Indongo Toyota, to our region and to our growth hub, Otjiwarongo. This is another demonstration of business expansion, which is necessary to stimulate local economic growth,” he said.
The governor further highlighted that the opening of the Indongo Toyota branch in Otjiwarongo has created 27 new jobs and that this number is expected to increase, as the business grows and expands further.
“This investment brings hope and prosperity to our region. Bringing your leading Indongo Toyota brand offers long-term growth, sustainable employment and taxable profitability,” he said.
Last Thursday, the festivities moved further north, as the FIG celebrated the official launch of its fifth dealership in Ongwediva.
In attendance, was Senior Vice-President of Toyota South Africa, Calvyn Hamman, who expressed his sincere pleasure at being invited to the opening of a Toyota dealership in the North, owned by a northern-born Namibian.
He added that as an expert in automotive dealerships around the globe, he rates Indongo Toyota Ongwediva as a top, world-class facility.
Indongo also attended the Ongwediva dealership opening, along with FIG Chief Executive Officer, Kobus van Graan.
“Tonight we officially open the fifth Indongo Toyota dealership here in Ongwediva. I do not think that any of you can comprehend what the opening of this new Toyota dealership means to me. It is indeed a great day for me… because this business is being established in the sand where I grew up,” Indongo said.
“Not far from here, I started my first steps, many years ago. This is where I played as a child and where I visualised to become a businessman, in order to break the chains of poverty. Yes, and it is also not far from here where I made my first investment as a very young entrepreneur. While witnessing this impressive dealership today, it gives me a lot of comfort about my life’s dream.”
Indongo’s speech was followed by the keynote address by Oshana Regional Governor, Clemens Kashuupulwa, who hailed the FIG investment as “a fresh stream in the desert”.
“We admire your courage, vision and resilience to continue with significant investments, while the economic growth is slow and others wait for better times. This investment brings hope and prosperity to Oshana region, for it is a green field and a brand new investment,” Kashuupulwa said.
The governor indicated that he was aware than the dealership had created an initial 30 new jobs.
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